AOTY 2019
School of Seven Bells - SVIIB
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #50 / 763
User Score
Based on 151 ratings
2016 Ratings: #358
February 26, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH
If this is to be the band’s swansong, they’ve left behind something timeless and quite beautiful.
91
Entertainment Weekly

It’s a fully-realized vision of the dreamy shoegaze-pop they’d sought to prefect for years. How heartbreaking to know such a once-in-a-lifetime creative partnership has been silenced.

90
Drowned in Sound

It’s an encapsulation of everything SVIIB were, and tragically never will be ... Despite there being so much to drag this album under, it somehow claws to the surface every time. You’ll be smiling at the end, I promise.

90
The Line of Best Fit
This really could be their time. It's simply stunning.
85
The 405

SVIIB is the sort of record that gets you right in the heart, even if you weren't to know its backstory.

81
Pitchfork

SVIIB is not only the group’s most technically accomplished work, their perfected swan song—it feels true. You couldn’t ask for a better memorial than that.

80
DIY
Packed with brilliance, ambition and warmth, ‘SVIIB’ may be the full stop on the band’s work together, but it’s an album that will stand as the perfect goodbye.
80
PopMatters

SVIIB is the light show to the perfect dream, one where acknowledgements of life’s strife become that which makes celebration possible.

80
AllMusic

It's all about Deheza and Curtis, a decade-long partnership, split in romantic and platonic halves -- and creative throughout -- that is radiantly illustrated with expressions of bliss, frustration, consolation, reassurance, and, ultimately, grief.

80
The Guardian
These are stadium-sized songs under a lone spotlight, and a stunning tribute to a light that went out far too soon.
80
The Skinny

The result, SVIIB, is a moving synth-pop paean to the pair’s powerful relationship and a fitting finale to their School of Seven Bells project.

80
No Ripcord
While every song here makes note of the relationship at the center of School of Seven Bells, this is not a downbeat album. Instead, it's a record that showcases everything the band is about.
67
Consequence of Sound
That Deheza and Curtis document their art across the membrane of actual loss grants the album a mimetic grace.
60
Spin

The more down-the-middle SVIIB shows that these postscripts aren’t always special, but we’re grateful for the closing chapter nonetheless.

60
NME
Completing this album after such great loss was never going to be easy, but Deheza uses euphoria to attack the incalculable spectrum of grief head on. Her resilience succeeds in transforming heartache into hope, and ‘SVIIB’ is a fitting eulogy for a musician and a band ever connected with both.
cshults
80
Hauntingly beautiful album about loss.
JulianGomez974
77
Really really really good album. It's a shame that this one is the last but I understand the reasons. Anyway, I'm really happy that this band closed their journey with such a strong and heartbreaking album, it's not like it's a sad album, actually it has lots of outgoing and vibrant melodies, but the overall is kinda melancholic. I simply love the vocals and production, it's pure dream pop perfection. I'm not a fan of the lyrics, but sometimes they are cute and affective. Highly ... read more
exception
72
awesome production, but the vocals dont have enough variation to keep my attention for too long. a beautiful memorial to the producer though, RIP
fav tracks: on my heart, elias
holsgr
43
( ☆☆ ) uninspiring/flawed music
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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Track List

  1. Ablaze
  2. On My Heart
  3. Open Your Eyes
  4. A Thousand Times More
  5. Elias
  6. Signals
  7. Music Takes Me
  8. Confusion
  9. This Is Our Time
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